Christmas in July? Don’t believe it!

Jack Abelson

Jack Abelson: During the holidays, instead of markdowns, the emphasis should be on providing the best customer experience possible.

ShopperTrak predicts more holiday traffic, but lowers its sales forecast

Despite an increase in foot traffic and sales at U.S. retailers, ShopperTrak has lowered its holiday sales forecast for the season.

Can we expect a sales surge before Christmas?


A retailer asks our merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Business has been off this season — can we expect a sales surge the last week before Christmas?”

NRF pleads for early fiscal cliff solution


The National Retail Federation implored President Obama and Congress to come up with an urgent plan to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts — the so-called “fiscal cliff” — set to take effect in January.

Retail imports expected up in October

Shipping Container

Import cargo volumes at major retail container ports in the US are expected to increase by 9.9% in October as retailers stock up for the holidays.

NRF: Shoppers plan holiday shopping conservatively

Consumers plan to take a conservative approach to their gift-giving this holiday season according to a survey from the National Retail Federation.